Week ahead!

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope everyone has had a wonderful thanksgiving. This coming Wednesday is our Third Division Hub Classes in Allan. Attendance is hugely important with our first performance just around the corner.

‘A Night at the Movies’ PSSD East Fundraiser Concert October 25th, Clavet School @ 7pm

The second fundraiser of the year will place on Wednesday October 25th at Clavet School. With special guests “The Saskatoon Brass Band”, Prairie Spirit East Senior Band presents “A Night at the Movies”. A fundraiser concert and evening of music in film and fun for all featuring performances from the senior band, Saskatoon Brass Band and special guests.

Tickets for the event are $15 for adults $10 for students and Children under 10 free. All students are able to sell tickets using this form: Night at the Movies Guest List.  50% of the ticket price will go to the student that sells the tickets family fundraising account and 50% goes towards the purchase of instruments primarily for the grade 5/6 music programs.


All beginners are now starting work with instruments although we are still awaiting a few instruments from our supplier to get everyone started. For the first few weeks students are using a free online workbook and resource called Basic Band.

Using their website students have access to videos and a printable handbook (all students have been given) which help the student get the basics of playing posture, embouchure (muscles in the mouth used), breathing, setting up the instrument and how to clean the instrument among other important informational videos.

Resources for beginner band:

Basic Band  http://basicband.info/   – Click on the drop down menu and select your instrument

  •        page 2/3 basic set up and sound
  •        page 4/5 pitches and notes
  •        page 8/9 first five notes

Optional free app:  Band Blast  http://www.bandblast.com/

  • An excellent fun learning tool with games and playing tips from professionals.


Week Ahead September 25th


Cookie Dough Fundraiser Due this Wednesday:

Just a reminder that the first fundraiser of the year is due this coming Wednesday September 27th.  

More information here:

Order Form



Grade 5 start up

While we are still working on the basics of music fundamentals and note reading, the Grade 5’s will also be starting their instrumental instruction next week (October 2nd) please ensure that you bring your instrument to classes from then on.

Grade 6 

We are in full flow and starting to prepare for our winter concert season after three weeks of getting back to basics. PLEASE ensure the your instruments come to class for instruction. 


This is an Allan Division Class week. We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday to work on our upcoming concert on October 25th at Clavet School.

This week is also a concepts/composition week in your regular weekly class. Please remember to have your instrument and relevant materials for class.

Week Ahead

Pick of the Week

To follow the Senior Coffee House Film Music Theme, check out this musical trick.


Registration: Make sure you have signed up online for music classes. If you did so last year you only need to do it again if details have changed or need updating. http://goo.gl/3o72L2

Cookie Dough Fundraiser: See details and forms in the previous post below. Printed forms are being handed out by Ms. Thompson and Mr. Martin.

Lesson outlines:

Grade 5 – Continuing exploring how music affects the community and world we live in. Early music reading, Solfege.

Grade 6 – Soundstart lesson 4 and 5, new music, rhythm reading and recap.

Grade 7-12 – Coffee House – Music in Film. (Students Bring Snacks)

– Music Concept Classes from Thursday.

Class Schedule
   Mr Martin                                     Ms. Thompson
Monday:           Clavet

Aberdeen (From 11:30am)

Tuesday:          Colonsay                                           Hanley

SCP                                              Dundurn

Wednesday:       Clavet

West Division Rehearsal in Asquith

Thursday:         Allan                                                Hanley

Colonsay                                           Dundurn

Friday:            Clavet



Cookie Dough Fundraiser – Due September 27th – Get Selling

Our first Fundraiser for the year is underway. See Mr. Martin or Ms. Thompson for forms or download the information here –> Information    Order Form

Orders are due in to Mrs. Schmidt at Division Classes on September 27th. For anyone fundraising not at Division Classes you can give your forms to Mr. Martin or Ms. Thompson.

About Fundraising

  • Fundraising is for anyone taking instrumental music but is entirely optional.
  • Money raised goes into your family account.
  • Family Account money is tracked by the Band Parents Association and can be used to pay for trips, tours, band fees (Grade 7-12), Private Music lessons, Buying an instrument or paying for a rental.
  • For more information please contact your band teacher.
  • Fundraising creates a sense of ownership and responsibility in students that reaps its own rewards.

1 more sleep until the first division classes! (Grades 7-12 only)

Its on..

Bus times for Division Hub Classes in Allan:

Bus Timetable

Aberdeen – Driver: Gail Semchyshen – Bus 265

Pick up in Aberdeen – 12:00p.m.                                         Leave Allan – 4:40p.m.

Arrive in Allan – 12:50p.m.                                           Arrive in Aberdeen – 5:40p.m.

Dundurn/Hanley – Driver: Brenda King – Bus #166

Pick up in Hanley – 12:05p.m.                                    Leave Allan – 4:40p.m.

Arrive in Allan – 12:50p.m.                                     Arrive in Dundurn – 5:35p.m.

South Corman Park/Clavet/Colonsay – Driver: Dawn Loessin – Bus #210

Pick up at Clavet – 12:10p.m.                               Leave Allan – 4:40p.m.

Pick up in Colonsay – 12:40p.m.                       Arrive in Colonsay – 4:50p.m

Arrive in Allan – 12:55p.m.                         Arrive in Clavet – 5:15p.m

These are all estimates only. Once the first time is done, there may be some time adjustments.

Parents or car pool MAY still pick up students from Allan after rehearsal time.

** Parents interested in becoming a bus driver please contact the BUS GARAGE

@ 374-2496**

** All students on busses MUST abide by the School Division Bus Policy**

Welcome Back 2017/18 Season

Hoping everyone has had a great summer. The 2017/18 School year is upon us we are excited for another year of music learning, making and appreciating!

We are delighted to welcome Ms. Thompson to come teach in Hanley and Dundurn. We congratulate Mr. Ward on his new position in the West Band program and say a sad farewell to Mr. Streisel who is moving into Saskatoon. Everyone will get the chance to meet Ms. Thompson on the first Division Hub Classes in Allan start on September 13th.

Music Classes resume in home schools on Thursday September 7th.

*Watch this space for more announcements*

Until then have a fantastic Labor Day weekend!

Happy start of the week. Just a reminder the Band Parent AGM and Band information night is this coming Wednesday at Clavet School from 4:30-6:30pm

The BPA urgently needs some parent volunteers for next year. Please get in contact if you can help out in any way.


Please also see the fantasitc upcoming concert opportunity below feature upcoming graduate Sophie James-Cavan!

Farewell Concert Many Hearts: One Voice
Friday, June 30, 2017 at Convocation Hall, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon at 7:30 PM

Our Farewell concert before we embark on our intentional tour of Italy. We will be presenting our repertoire that we are taking with us to Italy. Come and wish us safe travels!

Tickets $20 at the door. Rush seating. Doors open at 6:30 PM


2017/18 Sign up/Band Parent AGM. 4:30-6:30pm @ Clavet school 21st June

Only two weeks of school left!

Next Wednesday is both the 2017/18 sign up/information night and the Band Parents AGM at Clavet School.

The Band Parents Association is looking for upwards of 3 volunteers for next year. Please contact Mr. Martin if you are interested in helping the program grow and can offer any assistance to the program.  

  • 4:30-6:30pm – Meet the Teacher, Sign up and rental information
  • 6:15pm – Band Parent Association AGM

Both Mr. Martin, Mr. Ward and the Band Parents Association will be there to answer any questions about next year. Brett Graham from St.Johns music will also be in attendance to field any questions or set up rental contracts for instruments.

**Program news**   -> 2017-18 Music Programs  (Document of next years programs)

We are excited that all schools will be studying music in grade 5 and 6 next year. This will also change the division band format slightly. Starting from the fall the Intermedite and Senior Band will combine to create the East Winds.

All students grades 7-12 will only have one class per cycle in their home schools in addition to the bi-weekly rehearsals in Allan School. This will result in pull out time being reduced on average to just less than 2 pull out classes a week.

All division band students will also get the chance to choose from 4 other ensembles in addition to the East Winds and for students in grades 10-12 this will mean the option of gaining extra music credits of their choice.

Please read the above (attached) document explaining the changes.

We hope to see you on the 21st or sooner.

Happy Weekend!